next flank over

October 20th, 2017

One thing to consider

… on why we don’t see various Republicans leaping alongside Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard to cut off ties with Roy Moore…

50 percent plus a stray voter of the votes cast in Alabama don’t much care of Bill Kristol, George W Bush…

… sigh and sigh…

Ben Sasse,

… this commenting guy —

I am not an American so therefore I can’t understand how someone as stupid and bigoted (removed from the bench I think twice) could possibly be elected for dog catcher —

And once again, I wonder: why not elect him Dog Catcher?  What’s he going to do hay wire in catching dogs? —

… with a plurality beyond his base of support believing that something like this may be a little right, but the mainstream Democratic candidate he’s running against is too a little left…

… or… just too liberal for Alabama.  Equivalent.

Or maybe we’ll see.

I imagine either candidate would be finished at the end of their one (not quite) term, wouldn’t they?

what in the estulin?

October 19th, 2017

ITEM NUMBER ONE:  It is instructive to take a gander at the Daniel Estulin 2015 book covering the Tavickstock Institue, on the question of what portion of this book is simply replaying the works of the Lyndon Larouche Movement.  54.5 percent.  Therabouts.

Skip to the endnotes for each chapter, and count the sources to Larouche publications — from the 1970s on into the 2010s.  I note that a weakness in my ability to spot things quickly, as the citations get a little slippery — sometimes skipping over to the American Almanac website instead of the orginial EIR source, for instance.  As well some unfamiliarity with names throws me off.  The result is that in two countings, I myself have slighly diverging numbers.

Introduction: 5 out of 8
Chapter one:  52 out of 84
Chapter two:  14 out of 29
Chapter three:  1 out of 18
Chapter four:  48 out of 80
Chapter five:  50 out of 91
Chapter six:  42 out of 68… with an additional 3 going to, believe it or not, the Larouche Planet website (“Larouche in Wiener World”)
Chapter seven:  17 out of 31

The one that stands out in this group — Chapter three, is instructive.  Here we have a study of how the Illuminati is sending messages through popular music.  It makes a big deal of hip artists’s boasts on being the “Rain Man”, never making clear what this is supposed to entail — is this transferred to simply the Illuminati’s boastings of “Rain Man” dom, conditioning the public to accept the current metaphorical rain, or a signal to its puppets to switch on some “rain” switch?  On the dealings with Rihanni’s song “Under the Umbrella”, we have the issues of robots dancing and goat heads in music videos — the robots Estulin spells out as being conditioning us to accept our robot overlord future — though what this has to do with the Umbrella I don’t know… maybe we’re just all under the Umbrella of the Unseeing Eye?
And what of the echoing of Rihanni with “Umbrella… Brella… Brella… A?”

Anyway.  We can see why Larouche hasn’t much to say about this, being the Larouchies don’t much deal in popular music.

ITEM NUMBER TWO.  Hey now.  An interesting recent attempt at editing wikipedia for some actual analytical purpose on Larouche and his movement.

The Wikipedia editing attempts far-right Perhaps now more clear than ever,  which espouses deeply [[antisemitic]] ideas and conspiracy theories characteristic of the far-right, Sure… the movement’s underlying ideology entails a series of [[anti-semitic]], [[Holocaust-denying]] [[conspiracy theories]] that are paradigmatic of the far-right No.  They stand for … um… Silk Roads and Land Bridges and… um stuff — foremost of all,  its leadership, in particular, LaRouche’s wife, [[Helga Zepp-LaRouche]], has made the conspiratorial, far-right, and [[anti-Semitic]] underpinnings of the movement evident to the public in a 1979 statement that refers to the Holocaust as a “hoax”.   Good to point out a leadership shifting.
In her statement, Zepp-LaRouche, writes: “While in the US, no one especially cherishes even the slightest illusions about the power of the Zionist lobby the present administration, the influence of a covert Zionist lobby in the Federal Republic has been only a few initiated political figures known, but not the general public. And so we have to take the hypocritical Holocaust hoax as an opportunity to blow the whistle on these foreign agents.”

Interestingly enough, the “Anti-Zionist” tag is removed on Lyndon.

ITEM NUMBER THREE… too clever by half.

The peinlich presentation of the Ignoble Prize in Economics to Richard Thaler—the latest in a long line of Stockholm and Oslo

There actually is an “Ignoble Award”.  Here’s who won it this year

ECONOMICS PRIZE [AUSTRALIA, USA] — Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer, for their experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble.
REFERENCE: “Never Smile at a Crocodile: Betting on Electronic Gaming Machines is Intensified by Reptile-Induced Arousal,” Matthew J. Rockloff and Nancy Greer, Journal of Gambling Studies, vol. 26, no. 4, December 2010, pp. 571-81.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer

Surely the Larouche Movement can be put in the running and win something one of these years… just like, say… Jack Van Impe once won an award.

Webster Tarpley wins a mention for a dubious honor… but when was he ever a star bright enough to become dimmer?

ITEM NUMBER FOUR:   Once again, they’re hitting the Farm Circuit.

Oct. 28 will be a day full of expert presentations. Bob Baker is an economic policy consultant and specializes in agriculture economic research. He is currently a correspondent for the Executive Intelligence Review news service.

Will Kansas farmers go for the Silk Road?  Only time will tell.

They’re also hitting the Italian Engineer circuit.

ITEM NUMBER FIVE

Run down of BUSO campaigning in Germany...

“The future of Germany is the New Silk Road!” reads one pinned to a streetlight near Berlin’s main train station.
“Cultural renaissance instead of barbarism,” reads another. And, “Germans can stop world war!”
These posters, in a matching blue and yellow color scheme, all urge Berliners to “vote BüSo.”

More or less, a “What is this? item from Foreign Policy.  The Larouche Movement responds.

The author of the attack, Bethany Allen-Ebrahemian, comes from the East-West Institute in Hawaii, and the detestable contempt she affects for Chinese intelligencia and leaders is a mark of neo-Con geopoliticians. But it belies a real fear of the New Silk Road policy, and the LaRouches as leaders of it.
Foreign Policy will be one U.S.-based observer nervously counting the votes of the parliamentary slate of Germany’s Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo) party.

Sure.  The members of Foreign Policy magazine watched the results,biting their fingernails as the results came in, wearily counting BUSO votes, like they were liberals watching the election results map of Michigan last November.

Results of the German national election are in:
Out of 46.4 million votes, BÜSO gains 6735.

Then they… partied?

It is interesting to note that there has been a shift of media, from Russia’s propaganda outlets to China’s, when doing that simple search of EIR.

ITEM NUMBER SIX

Hunter Cobb sells the China “work” —rarely does one see the name LaRouche in print, despite his visionary leadership and willingness to take on the powers of Wall Street and London, weathering wild defamation, proven targeting by the FBI, etc.
I have been an ally of LaRouche for more than 40 years and have seen his vision becoming a reality in much of the world in the recent years.  […]
One of the two Americans who traveled to China for this conference is a close associate of LaRouche. He gave a presentation here in Alameda Sept. 30. Those who would like to know more, may contact me at hunter

Interesting to see just what was happening at this conference

“… I think we have to go for the full thing. I want full victory. I want to crush Mueller, crush the entire apparatus that’s out to destroy Trump, this country, this organization, and I want to build up this country over the next 20 years. I see Americans as optimistic and hardworking and mission-oriented, and having fun the way I see young people in China doing today.”

On paper it looks like a rousing speech, but then he closes the meeting and the applause makes us feel there are like 5-10 people in the room. If Mike think he’s “on to something,” I think he’s very sadly fooling himself.

And elsewhere… American intellectual Lyndon LaRouche… so he’s got that.

ITEM NUMBER SEVEN.  Historical notes

One.

In October 1983, an article in the Executive Intelligence Review, a publication linked to controversial American politician Lyndon LaRouche, proposed the building of a Kra canal to the Thai Ministry of Transportation.

TWO:

Atlas Novack opposes a constitutional convention in California— don’t vote for this ballot measure; do what you did to the larouche one.

Three:

So, way back in 2004, I decided to engage one of them in conversation, which I quickly learned was like entering an alternate universe where up is down and the Pope is Hitler.
Somehow, we shifted from politics to science. They believed that “reductionism” — the notion that complex phenomena are best understood through a process of reducing them down to simpler parts — was Satanic. Not wrong or oversimplified, but Satanic. As in something the Dark Prince himself would approve of. They also didn’t like Isaac Newton very much. […]

In other words, Lyndon LaRouche is some strange combination of Paul Ehrlich, Ray Kurzweil, and Alex Jones, with just a dash of Naziism. If that’s not a winning campaign, then what is?

I came across him when researching history of mathematics.  He had a thing about Archytas, and in contrast a list of great mathematicians he didn’t like.
Especially “putting down” Euler — that was really over the top.

I’m sure we can find some non over the top Euler critics out there.

FOUR.  Illinois 1986.

Five:  a quick mention of a Citizen Electoral Council win.

ITEM NUMBER EIGHT

An item published by the org: An article published The Nation Caves, Attacks VIPS Report

Yeah, but I think this is more worthwhile reading… at least in terms of what’s important here..

Appalled?

ITEM NUMBER NINE

David Neiwart’s new “What Happened” book — Alt America — on the so called “alt right” and its rise through the Obama administration into the new Trump administration does not have a mention of Larouche in the index page.  But somehow we get this…

The phrase “cultural Marxism” had first appeared in right-wing circles only a few months before, in July 1998, when William Lind, leader of the far right Free Congress Foundation, gave a speech he titled “The Origins of Political Correctness”.

It then slides into a mention of Norweigian terrorist Anders Breivick.

Notable here because William Lind made the coinage for the Larouche Movement in 1992 …

Who do the Ruskies Love?

October 17th, 2017

The poll by the Levada Center asked a representative sample of 1,600 Russians to name the “top 10 most outstanding people of all time and all nations.” It also compiled a list of all 20 names that received more than 6 percent of the vote.

The results.  And I’m trying to find the list online, but can’t seem to beyond the news reports from June…

1.  Josef Stalin
2.  Vladimir Putin
3.  Aleksandr Pushkin
4.  Vladimir Lenin
5.  Peter the Great
6.  Yury Gagarin

Only three non-Russians made the top 20. French leader Napoleon Bonaparte garnered nine percent, followed by Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, each receiving seven percent. The list closes with the first and only president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who got six percent of the votes.

I’m hard pressed to say a poll of Americans would result in much less an American laden list.  Jesus would probably end up first.  Trump would find his way somewhere on the list.

the arbitrary numbers

October 17th, 2017

I see, in the wake of the tragedy in Los Vegas, a timeline of all mass shootings that resulted in at least 12 deaths.  And I’m scratching my head.  Twelve.  That’s an arbitrary number.  And it is maybe atonal to ask, or suggest — but… what?  Is there a giant spate of eleven deaths that leave not enough room to get everything to fit the allotted space?

Later, I read a citation of a number from an advocacy group, numbering and charting shootings of four or more people.  And again.  An atonal question, surely — but… is there something that differentiates three and four?

about a decade ago…

October 11th, 2017

From Katha Pollit’s editorial in the Nation chiding reviews of Hillary Clinton’s — or maybe it’s the irksome “ugh” quality — new book as sexist… and see too the “word” on Hillary… and thus the sarcastic pointers against Hillary Clinton.

She’s got a shrill voice and thinks she’s oh-so-special

It’s interesting, because I’ve always pondered the political problem of Hillary Clinton as her being another boring and sing-songy voice that Americans can’t quiet imagine hearing in the news constantly for four years — in the tradition of Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry — thus meaning she’s a Democratic type that’s borne terribly — and can’t quite place if this is specific in women as we don’t have enough female presidential candidates to compare.  Granted, I thought she’d get away with it in this last presidential election, and join the ranks of — oh, Nixon and Bush I as the trope of never loved and… plodding? … but elected anyways.

But leaving this one to the more interesting one…

She voted for the war in Iraq — true, so did John Kerry and Joe Biden and that momentary darling of the left, John Edwards, but her vote was just… different.

The problem.  And I can never escape this with this magazine.  About a decade ago, the magazine ran a stark cover with a pledge.  Not to endorse any candidate who supported the Iraq War and won’t make ending it a central point in their campaign.  And maybe they’re right to jettison it for the sake of furthering political goals — but they’d be righter to have not made such a pledge in the first place.  Then they wouldn’t have been compromised in momentarily helping make John Edwards a darling of the left, so that self respect would still be with them.

So the magazine sits somewhere to the right of Z magazine and Counterpunch and others who can’t dally in the political muck of compromised compromisers in the Democratic Party.  Even if it sometimes tries not to… and then… lets an institutional memory fade into oblivion.

challenging challenges

October 5th, 2017

I’m on record as throwing “Banned Book Week” under the bus (item #5) …

But the “challenging” list — which somehow slope off into “banning”s — does offer a look-see into public perceptions.  And with that what’s being bunted about in Oregon — worth a look-see.  There kind of isn’t much kvetching going on.  Like, is there anything wrong with this sentiment:

Comments: Patron requested the material be moved from juvenile to teen due to disturbing content and dark/scary themes.

… and with that, this book (look down the list to find out what it is – I’ve never heard of it) goes onto this much vaunted “banned book” list.

The list gets dominated by some patron who hates the gays hiding away seven videos.

The “Har de har har” groaner of the year appears to be someone objecting to Curious George, because… (first thing that pops up when I do a google search for Curious George and racism)

The series’ celebration of the oppression of an abducted monkey parallels the oppression of black Americans, making the books’ fame seemingly contradictory to the atmosphere of innocence in which modern society has deemed it necessary for children to appropriately and healthily develop. …

When we draw George W Bush as Curious George, it’s fine.  When we draw Barack Obama as Curious George, it isn’t.  All true.  But the bigger problem comes in to the current president, who can’t be caricatured as Curious George because it would imply a smidgeon of curiosity.

For no clear reason, this isn’t brought into the list list.

This year included a nationwide campaign to remove Teen Vogue magazine from at least two Oregon libraries because of a sexually explicit article in the July issue. The campaign by Elizabeth Johnston of Ohio, known as the ‘Activist Mommy,’ asked parents to demand that libraries, grocery stores and other businesses remove the magazine.

Quick looksee, and we have the article “How to do Anal Sex” — which I guess is partial to why the local big bookstore has a note next to Teen Vogue praising its “surprising feminist outlook”.  (It’s, I think, where Cosmopolitan would once focus on “how to please your man” and now is praised somewhat for shuffling to “how to please yourself”).  I think there was a pro vibrator article somewhere in the mist, if I recall some kvetching from some conservative magazine writers.

The magazine on the list is Maxim.  “The patron objected to a lack of intellectual content, misogynistic world views, and objectification of women.”  I don’t know which of the three is most strenuously objected to.

“Anomalisa” by Charlie Kaufman (video)
Objection: 1. Sexual (sexually explicit, unsuited to age) 2. Values (anti-family)  Comments: Patron objected to the age difference between two characters who engaged in sexual activity, and that one of those characters was a family man.

If the character was a family man and he was getting it on with someone of his age, would that be suitable?

Running with Scissors” by Augusten Burroughs (recording)
Objection: 1. Sexual (sexually explicit, unsuited to age) 2. Values (anti-family, offensive language)
Comments: Patron concerned material is child pornography and promotes child sexual abuse.

Patron is insane.

Recently the “Rape Rock” act The Thermals played Portland.  It drew protest organized by the feminist book store parodied on Portlandia. And a few articles in the larger of the two “alt weeklies” — for the band to add to their scrap book, as there’s probably not much there since they drew the attention of the PMRC in the 1980s.  Half of me thought it would be neat to see a footnote of music and cultural history, but the problem is… then I’d have to endure some schlocky trying hard for offensive bad music.  Anyway, the protest called their actions a success for “alerting” everyone to an “unsafe band”.  Cool, as I’d not have noticed the band otherwise.  Not cool, as they don’t look very interesting.

The “challenged list” is boring, as I don’t see anything offending people worth looking at.

 

peppermint patty

October 5th, 2017

You joke about it (or Jim Rome does)…

… and not digging too deeply into the comments, there’s some kvetching about this as a cultural warrior subtext…

… and, I have read in an introduction to a collection of romance comics an introduction from someone who spotted relating to the relationship between Peppermint Patty and Marcie as an early showing of her sexuality…

Brush it aside, and I doubt this is where Charles Schulz was ever going with anything — at least not consciously — (he was going here) —

But read the Peanuts reprinted on Sunday, and I have to say…

… this is straight out of an Alison Bechdel memoir.

on footnotes of footnotes

October 1st, 2017

Hugh Hefner’s passing away makes me wonder…

So.  Does this mean that Jimmy Carter is in the news again?

Sure.  But just barely.

Harvey Kurtzman is a bigger footnote upon Hefner’s death.  Or a few more mentions.  (Always oddly fascinated by the vortices Kurtzman has with the world of Hefner here — he creates a short lived magazine — Trump — published by Hefner, and moving on to another of his financial failures of a magazine with Help, has Gloria Steinem as an employee —  before Steinem moves on to her big expose and Kurtzman moving on to his big boobed cartoon character for Playboy.)